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Memories We Cherish: A Prison Ministry Testimony by Justin Chellapan

A man serving a life sentence in prison near Chennai for murder had never heard about Jesus before. One day, a Christian worker visited the jail and gave him a copy of Pilgrim’s Progress in Tamil, published by ELS (CLC) India. As the prisoner read the book, he found a transformation taking place in his life. The book was making an impact.

One day, while reading the book in his prison cell, he heard the still, small voice of Jesus and received confirmation that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour. He repented of his sins and accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour. True freedom and peace filled his heart.

This man met the Christian worker in the prison again and shared with him his salvation experience. The Christian advised him to pray to Jesus. So he started praying and again he heard the still voice telling him to proclaim the peace which he received to other prisoners. He found the CLC address on the back cover of the book and wrote to us ordering more copies of Pilgrim’s Progress, enclosing his testimony as well.

Thus began our project of giving a copy of Pilgrim’s Progress to hungry souls in prison. Later, this same missionary requested our Tamil catalogue and ordered several more books. He reads and then passes these books on to his fellow prisoners. Today, he is still in prison, not as a ‘murderer’, but as a ‘soldier’ for God!

Forever Grateful, CLC 75

Based on material first published in a 75th anniversary magazine, you will find stories from the 75 years of CLC. There are stories of God’s faithfulness and miracles, of people coming to faith and special ‘forever grateful’ moments.

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